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Now that Weinstein’s career has officially fallen into the abyss, the stories have been coming out of the woodwork from those who were previously afraid to speak. And with every new allegation comes louder and louder criticism from the right aimed at anyone who’s been cozy with the movie mogul. But let’s not forget that during the campaign there were quite a few women who accused Donald Trump of such things as well, and it could be very difficult to ignore if a similar avalanche begins once again against the president.
It would be very difficult to continue to assault Democrats over the Weinstein affair while ignoring similar and multiple allegations against a man who bragged about grabbing women by the genitals, even if that man is Donald Trump. Already, women are suing the campaign for information about how it handled and tracked allegations of sexual impropriety and the women who made them. Eventually, the chorus may become to loud to ignore.
The worse this situation gets for Harvey, the worse it will get for Trump. Even in today’s bizarre political climate where Trump can break every taboo without repercussion, every pot has a boiling point, and Weinstein is turning up the heat on Trump substantially as more and more people make comparisons between the two.
Meanwhile, it appears that the Right doesn’t understand their peril by calling out Weinstein backers. They dismissed allegations of sexual misconduct against Trump a year ago before the election and forgot all about it. But today they are accusing the Left of hypocrisy by ignoring the Weinstein story in the news and elsewhere, and that same accusation could well come back to haunt them sooner rather than later if more women come forward with their own Trump stories and more attention is spent comparing the behavior of the two.
Recently Samantha Bee joked about impeaching Harvey Weinstein in one such well aimed attempt to compare the two men. I would expect more to come as it becomes clear that this avenue would be an effective way to both diffuse the Weinstein story and attack the behavior of the President. The Right can’t have it both ways and they will soon find out why. Weinstein should go, sure, but so too should Trump.
And with some run of the mill Trump inflammatory demagoguery, suddenly the entire sports word is divided among itself. Blacks protesting police brutality and inequality. Trump supporters (who are more nationalistic than thoughtful) protesting the protesters.
Suddenly it’s fan against sport. That’s not how it’s supposed to be. Thanks, Prez.
While all this is going on, Puerto Rico is still without power. The island is in ruins, but Trump is tweeting about football. Is Houston still a thing? I certainly wouldn’t know from our Commander in Chief.
To make matters worse, Trump then called for a boycott of the NFL. This hurts the players, sure, but it hurts everyone else more. It hurts the fans, the vendors and their employees, the advertisers and their businesses, the sport and all the franchises. Basically it hurts everyone. Everyone but Trump who probably doesn’t care much for football anyway since it doesn’t involve golf.
If he had just kept his yap shut, none of this would be happening. I’m not sure how much more of Trump’s “leadership” we can handle. He’s about as toxic as cyanide these days and getting worse, not better.
Right now it’s football he’s screwing up, but remember North Korea has an atomic bomb… Kind of scary in a literal way these days. Let’s just say I hope he handles Kim better than he has the NFL.
I wonder if Putin is paying Trump to turn us against each other? That’s certainly what today’s revelation about Russian Facebook advertising buys during the election seemed to indicate. If I were Putin, I’d probably cut Trump a check even if he wasn’t on the payroll and tell him to keep up the good work. Trump probably wouldn’t get the joke – but he’d certainly cash the check.
Putin: Hello Trump. Now that you’re president I want you to know that we will never relinquish power over the province of Crimea or Eastern Ukraine. If you attempt to stop us, we will bomb you out of west and take the entire country. I’m just letting you know our intentions. You have no claim to Eastern Europe. Do we understand each other?
Trump: Who is this?
Putin: It’s Vladamir Putin, imbecile. Didn’t your secretary mention my name?
Trump: I thought she was talking about the carpet service. There’s a big stain in here where I dropped my margarita. Who is this again?
Putin: It’s Putin!
Trump: And what do you want, Mr Pooteen:
Putin: Ukraine. Are you listening to me? Is this connection working?
Trump: I heard there’s fighting over there or something. Why would anyone want that place? You must be some kind of lightweight.
Putin: Would you consider the awesome power of the entire Russian military a lightweight?
Trump: You have influence with the Russian military? Is that what you just said?
Putin: Yes, I did.
Trump: Do they eat a lot of meat in Russia?
Trump: Do they eat a lot meat in Russia? It’s not a hard question.
Putin: Well, I suppose we do, why?
Trump: What do say we sell them some good ol’ American Trump steaks? We could make millions!
Putin: Again with the steaks? Oh god. I need to talk to you about some serious state matters.
Trump: What’s more important than profit? What’d you say your name was again?
Putin: I’ll call you back.
Putin: You did warn me, you American bastard.
Obama: Yep. Did you mention the Russian army?
Putin: I did.
Obama: He’ll have a Timesheets.com proposal on your desk by tomorrow morning.
Putin: Nope, he tried to sell me steaks.
Obama: Crud. Steaks again? You’ve got to be kidding me!
Putin: He never mentioned Timesheets.com. I knew he’d go with the steaks. Pay up.
Obama: I can’t believe he’s still hocking steaks. As if he was some kind of rancher or something! I guess I owe you 50 Rubles after all. Until next time…
Putin: Yes, until next time.
Today, Donald re-learns about hot mics.
Today, our intrepid politicians figure out that party unity isn’t always a good thing, but who’s to say that should stop one’s ambition? After all, when your campaign is built on clever marketing, the sky is the limit!
Today a prominent member of our intrepid cast, Senator Paul Ryan, came to the realization that the entire crop of 2016 presidential candidates is bat-shit crazy. Donald Trump reportedly bit the head off a Mexican immigrant during a rally in Tempe and spit it out into the eager hands of a waiting Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Ted Cruz issued a statement calling Trump a ‘stupid-pants’ for stealing his idea.
Senator Ryan’s next move was one of desperation….
Our intrepid geniuses are hard at work devising a plan to keep us safe in this dangerous world. If it weren’t for these deep thinkers, we wouldn’t stand a chance. Let’s all celebrate the fact that we’re lucky enough to have such amazing people calling the shots.
Today’s red meat loving right-wing base doesn’t mind hearing terrible things about Muslims, immigrants and anyone else they decided they don’t like. But when outrageous talk provokes outrageous action, , they won’t bother looking in the mirror or at their leaders for answers. Instead violence only provokes more violence and their leaders will be the ones clamoring to bring it to them.
Engagement has always been the way to quiet the angry rumblings of international animosity. Winning hearts and minds was never accomplished through violence. But most in the grassroots right-wing conservative movement don’t even know the difference between Sikhs and Muslims and often mistake them for one another. How can they be expected to vote for leaders who claim to understand the nuanced way to deal with a culturally different and population? They just want to vote for people who preach violence and intolerance.
The reason we have freedom of religious is not only to protect the religious group, but to prevent discord within the population in general. Antagonizing an entire group of people, especially religious fanatics, is a great way to provoke a response and we need to collectively come to that realization.
In the last decade, it seems that terror attacks just prior to elections have become all the rage. It’s almost becoming a regular expectation even when it doesn’t happen. As a population of intelligent and calm-minded people, we need to learn to expect such atrocities in today’s environment and not over-react to even the most terrible of provocations. If we can’t do that, then the bad guys win – the war mongers among us who would rather steal power through antagonistic methodologies and violence, and those who perpetrate the violence by provoking the reactions they set out to provoke.